While Olympiakos lost both of its exhibition games against NBA teams this week, the Greek basketball club was on the verge of escaping the U.S. Tuesday with its uniforms and other property amid an allegation of a death threat.
At the heart of this strange European tour are outstanding U.S. court judgments demanding that Olympiakos pay $1.1 million to American player
On Monday another American agent,
"I got a phone call from a Greek cell phone number," says Ebert. "The guy was going off on me to leave Angelopolous alone. I told him I'm going to get the money [owed to Morris]. The guy said, 'Leave him alone, do this through the court.' I said I have the right to call him. He said, 'Look, (expletive), leave Angelopoulos alone or I'll kill you."
Moments later Ebert called back and told the man he didn't appreciate being threatened. "He didn't have much to say that time," says Ebert. "I think he was surprised I had his number."
Ebert says the federal marshall in San Antonio refused last Friday -- before the Olympiakos-Spurs game that night -- to execute a writ from a federal judge to seize the uniforms, airline tickets and other properties of Olympiakos, in addition to monies carried personally by Angelopoulos and the Olympiakos G.M. As a result, Ebert says that he will file a Freedom of Information Act request to discover if anyone might have intervened on behalf of Olympiakos.
After losing Monday to the Cavaliers in Cleveland, Olympiakos was expected to return home to Athens on Tuesday without settling its judgments with Morris and McLaughlin. Ebert says his next move will be to seize upcoming bank transfers to Olympiakos from the Euroleague, which is based in Spain.
"You can write it in blood," says Ebert. "I am going to get the money."